On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Kathlena The Allergy Chef about helping all of our kids enjoy safe food. Kathlena The Allergy Chef has more than 200 food allergies and intolerances. Several of her allergies are life-threatening. She has a handful of safe foods to eat, and one source of safe water. Additionally, most of the members of her household also have food allergies and special diets, none of them the same. After being given 30 days to live, she made it her mission to help the food allergy and special diet communities thrive. Although she can’t eat the food, she helps people find safe and delicious options. Three years from her lowest point, she and her team have published several cookbooks, started a bakery, done local and nationwide outreach, developed hundreds of free recipes and resources, and much more. Learn about all of their ventures at TheAllergyChef.com.
“The top eight allergens are wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish, and here in the United States, that also includes coconut under tree nuts,” Kathlena says. “Including people with food allergies can be overwhelming sometimes and yet at the same time, it is one of the most amazing gifts you can ever give a food allergy family.”
Listen to the podcast for more insights and suggestions about how even those of us without food allergies can help keep all kids safe around food.